The Cel Shaded report, 8/3: Community smorgasbord

August 3rd, 2011

Time now for a few news items to get out of the way before I launch into a big weekend of Liliha Library Anime Art Contest coverage here in Otaku Ohana. I have lots and lots of pretty art! I have winners! And I have winners getting prizes! Well, okay, I don’t have that last one yet, but after Saturday, I will. (And if you’d like to join me and nemu*nemu artist Audra Furuichi for the ceremony, please do! We’ll be at the library, 1515 Liliha St., Saturday at 1 p.m. Just, umm, try to save some parking spaces for us.)

I’m aiming to publish the first batch of pictures starting Thursday, but for now, here’s the news:

Kawaii Kon makes dates official: I’ve suspected that the dates for Kawaii Kon 2012 were what they were as far back as May 1, when I glimpsed some materials at the convention. The public insistence by the powers that be that the dates weren’t set in stone yet, though, made me pause in running them. But Kawaii Kon founder Stan Dahlin made the news official on the con forums on Sunday, meaning I can now say that next year’s edition will be happening March 16-18, once again at the Hawaii Convention Center. Not only is it the earliest weekend for a Kawaii Kon ever, it also falls on the last three days of spring break for public schools, which should boost first-day attendance numbers for the school-age set a bit.

A note on Star-Advertiser premium content: As you may already be aware, the Star-Advertiser has begun charging for premium online content, starting today. Here at Otaku Ohana, I’m pleased to report that, as part of the Star-Advertiser’s family of blogs, tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J. and I will continue to provide our take on anime and manga news for the grand cost of absolutely free. I’m also happy to report that the entire archive of our Cel Shaded and Drawn & Quartered columns, having existed before the premium content launch date of Aug. 3, will also remain free.

However, if you’d like to pay for stuff I write, now is an excellent time to remind you that my book, The Rough Guide to Manga, is still on sale at an online retailer near you. (Even Borders! For now, anyway.)

Also, a note for those of you who are fans of Jon J. Murakami’s “Calabash,” Deb Aoki’s “Bento Box” and Dave Thorne’s “Thorney’s Zoo”: I’ve been told that, while archives of those past strips will remain free, it’ll cost you to see any new strips published starting with Sunday’s paper. Plan accordingly.

One Response to “The Cel Shaded report, 8/3: Community smorgasbord”

  1. Diane:

    Wish I could join you guys at Liliha on Saturday. But I have to work… Have fun giving out prizes! =-)

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